I’ve been thinking that I should give you an update on fitness and things not food related. I realized that my posts have been very food heavy and not fitness related in a while.
But first, granola!
On my quest for a simple and low calorie granola, I came up with this one. It is mostly oat based with less dried fruit than some of my other versions. It’s crispy and crunchy, and a great addition to yogurt as breakfast or a snack, or to munch on by itself. Stored in a container, it will last quite a while.
Cinnamon Raisin Granola
- 2 C old fashioned oats
- 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 C almonds (mixed whole and slivered)
- 1 T flax meal
- 2 T applesauce
- 2 T apple juice
- 1/4 C brown rice syrup (can sub honey)
- 1 C raisins
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Mix dry ingredients and spices in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, apple juice and brown rice syrup. Stir with a spoon to incorporate.
- Pour over oat mixture and stir well.
- Spray cooking spray on baking sheet and pour granola on top. Spread evenly to cover baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes.
- Once cooled, store in an airtight container.
One thing I might change is to not bake the raisins with the granola and add them in when it’s done. They expanded in the oven and then came back down to size, but tasted a little more crispy than soft. I would also add more cinnamon for a more vibrant flavor, maybe 1 T cinnamon.
I really liked the crisp-ness of the oats without the brown rice cereal which I use sometimes in granola. The coconut toasted nicely in the oven, and the flavor came from nutmeg and cinnamon.
A fitness update:
Well, if you’ve been following along, you might remember that I’ve been having pains along my right leg for quite a while. No one likes a complainer, so I just stopped writing about it. I’ve been doing some physical therapy, got a cortisone shot, had an x-ray, have stopped running for a few weeks, and continue to stretch and not do too much on my foot. My right ankle area is strained, which should get better with time, and my right IT Band continues to be a booger only when I run.
To make up for not running, I have been walking more, doing the elliptical, stair master, jumping rope, etc. I still do CrossFit two days per week which is still the most intense workouts I do. I would like to start swimming again, but for now I enjoy being outside since the weather is nice. When it gets really hot, I’ll want to get in the pool again. It could be tomorrow when it’s mid-80s, who knows.
I am glad that 2010 was the year of racing for me, because my right leg will not have it right now. Even though the half marathon in December was what really triggered some major lingering pains, I am very glad I accomplished it! And I’ll deal with my leg over time.
Until then, I don’t have many fitness related goals, except to keep exercising and sweating and challenging myself. I have some CrossFit related goals, like to get faster and hustle and to continually lift heavier, so those are good to work toward.
It has been quite a bummer to not be able to run the distances I want, but it could be worse.